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JAPAN  350 shareholders angry at TEPCO  Annual General Meeting, demand nuclear shutdown.  A big rise in radiation in seawater near Fukushima, raising the fear that Fukushima groundwater may be leaking into the ocean.  First shipment of uranium/plutonium (MOX ) arrives near Takahama nuclear plant – adding to Japan’s already huge stock of toxic radioactive trash.  Japan’s farming sector switching to  rooftop solar power.

 USA. President Obama  plans to use executive powers to get around what he described as “flat earth” science deniers.  However, Obama’s speech also included “ Going forward, we will expand these efforts to promote nuclear energy generation”, (seeing that Obama is heavily beholden to the nuclear industry for campaign funding.)
Hanford.  Growing concern over the Hanford    facility, the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site, has cost taxpayers $40 billion to date and is estimated will cost $115 billion more.  One or more of its 177 underground radioactive waste tanks may be leaking. They contain the most toxic and voluminous nuclear waste in the U.S.—208 million liters.
 Calls to shut down the Savannah River MOX construction plant, South Carolina – a dangerous failure, costing many $billions.
 Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant – the Entergy Corporation will soon be the first company in history to operate a reactor without a license. There are 9 million people living nearby. Its radioactive waste management has been ruled to be inadequate.
USA Mayors  mayors unanimously adopted the Mayors for Peace resolution  to move military spending to domestic needs
White supremacists arrested, planned to use radiation death ray machine to kill Muslims and President Obama.
UK Drunk on duty, and an array of serious misdemeanours by the Civil Nuclear Constabulary  officers raises grave concerns about the safety of the UK’S nuclear power plants.   UK nuclear decommissioning costs soar- could be over £100bn.
CZECH REPUBLICs new nuclear power program now delayed, and in doubt. POLAND changes plans – now to develop gas, rather than nuclear power.
RENEWABLE ENERGY  International Energy Agency predicts bright future for solar and wind energy, on track to soon eclipse natural gas.

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Fukushima Daiichi 2013 06 26


Published on 27 Jun 2013

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Published on 26 Jun 2013

THIS IS GOLD! TEPCO shareholders Demand No More Nuclear Energy from the Nuclear Conglomo.…
I saw that news report last night and was So Happy… And Then I awoke to the Ying of the Yang update on “TEPCO shareholders want out of nuclear power” and, of course, we are being “slowly but silently exterminated as a species” Here’s TEPCO;s reply:
Shrugging off Shareholders…
(I should have expected it, but it was nice for a few minutes to think that the shareholders actually “did something” to influence TEPCO. Dreamworld I suppose.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch… Guess WHAT?! oOOOooOOPS… WRONG RADIATION MEASUREMENTS WERE given to residents “due to a computer error”…

Oh, and here’s another “good one”: The Japanese Gov’t ‘POLITELY REQUESTS” that Radioactive Tritium “stop being dumped into the environment! OMG

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Big rise in radioactive sea-water: groundwater near Fukushima seeping to ocean?

water-radiationRadioactive material “soars” in ocean near Fukushima plant — Tepco: Contaminated groundwater leaking into Pacific?
Title: Tritium samples in sea near No. 1 soar
Source: Japan Times
Author: Reiji Yoshida
Date: Jun 25, 2013
The density of radioactive tritium in samples of seawater from near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant doubled over 10 days to hit a record 1,100 becquerels per liter, possibly indicating contaminated groundwater is seeping into the Pacific, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.
The latest sample was taken June 21 from the sea near a water intake point east of the reactor 1 turbine building. […]

Tepco said late Monday it was still analyzing the water for strontium-90 […]

[…] during a news conference Monday in Tokyo, Masayuki Ono, a Tepco executive and spokesman, this time did not deny the possibility of leakage into the sea, while he said Tepco is still trying to determine the cause of the spike.
See also: TV: Groundwater shows massive spike in radioactive material at Fukushima plant — Strontium-90 up over 10,000% in past few months — Tepco apologizes (VIDEO)

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Us nuclear corporations regulate the regulators: Indian point has no license

in-bed“The regulators are basically being regulated by the corporations that they’re supposedly overseeing,”

GERIATRIC NUCLEAR REACTORS COULD KILL US ALL, VICE NEWS, By Peter Rugh  26 June 13 In America, you need a license to drive an automobile, to operate heavy machinery, to hunt and fish, but apparently not to run a nuclear reactor. Entergy Corp. is slated to become the first company in history to operate a reactor without a license this fall. The Louisiana-based energy corporation’s rogue reactor is located at its Indian Point Energy Center in reactor-Indian-PointBuchanan, NY—just 24 miles from Manhattan. Entergy Corp’s license to run its Indian Point 2 reactor expires on September 28. The regulations of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), which is charged with overseeing the civilian use of nuclear power, says it is prepared to grant the license but its hands are tied by legal challenges mounted by New York State and a federal court ruling last year. The ruling dismissed the agency’s radioactive waste management plans as inadequate.

Most of America’s nuclear plants were built in the 60s and 70s. They were given shelf lives of 40 years. It was assumed by the industry at the time of their construction that when the millennium rolled around there would be new plants up, running, and ready to replace the old fleet. But between then and now interest in nuclear power has waned due to cost and the public’s reaction to Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and other nuclear calamities. Instead, the energy industry has sought to renew the licenses on the reactors they already operate, while keeping the cost of infrastructure improvements to a bare minimum. They’ve encountered little resistance from the NRC, which has approved 73 separate license renewals and only denied one single application in its history.

Meanwhile, the waste has piled up. The Nuclear Energy Institute, an industry policy group, estimates that US’s 104 commercial reactors have generated 69,720 metric tons of radioactive waste (spent-fuel) over the past four decades, with each plant chipping in approximately 2,000 to 2,300 metric tons each year. Nobody knows what to do with it all. Plant operators are, in a sense, shitting where they eat at the moment by storing nuclear waste onsite at the plants where it is generated. ….. Continue reading

June 27, 2013 Posted by | politics, USA, wastes | Leave a comment

Enewetak coral atoll transformed by US atomic bomb testing

Cactus Dome: A Concrete Cap for a Nuclear Crater By  , June 25, 2013, With its ring of verdant islands surrounding a deep sapphire lagoon, the Enewetak coral atoll was a beautiful place to launch the world’s first hydrogen bomb. After capturing the atoll from the Japanese during World War II, the U.S. evacuated the islands, exhumed its fallen soldiers to send them home for reburial, and conducted a series of nuclear tests.

Between 1948 and 1958, 43 weapons exploded over Enewetak. Among these was Ivy Mike, a world-first hydrogen bomb, 500 times bigger than Hiroshima’s Little Boy, that destroyed the entire island of Elugelab. By the time testing ceased, the entire atoll was highly radioactive, its reefs and islands dotted with craters that each measured several hundred feet in diameter. (Off the coast of Runnit what looks like a natural blue hole is the Lacrosse Crater, the results of an earlier fission test.)


Evacuated residents began returning to Enewetak during the 1970s. It was at this time that the U.S. government determined it ought to decontaminate the islands. In 1979, a military team arrived to gather up contaminated soil and debris, mixing it with cement and piling the sludge into a 350-foot-wide blast crater on Runit Island in the atoll’s east. When the mound reached 25 feet high, army engineers covered it with a saucer-shaped concrete cap. It was dubbed the Cactus Dome, after the Cactus bomb that caused the crater.

The U.S. declared Enewetak safe for habitation in 1980. Currently, about 900 people live on the atoll though none live on the Cactus Dome. A 2008 field survey of the Cactus Dome noted that 219 of its 357 concrete panels contained defects such as cracks, chips, and vegetation taking root in joints.

June 27, 2013 Posted by | environment, OCEANIA, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Japan gets first shipment of highly radioactive MOX fuel

MOXFIRST MOX NUCLEAR SHIPMENT SINCE FUKUSHIMA ARRIVES IN JAPAN TAKAHAMA, Japan (AFP) 26 June 13, – The first reprocessed nuclear shipment since the disaster at Fukushima arrived under armed guard near the Takahama nuclear plant in Japan on Thursday, an AFP journalist at the scenereported.

The vessel had travelled for around two months with its cargo of MOX fuel — a blend of uranium and plutonium — after being reprocessed in France. The shipment will now be stored because Japan has no working reactors able to use it.

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Angry shareholders demand Japanese nuclear power shutdown

“TEPCO should just shut down,”   “If we have another Fukushima, Japan will not survive.”

Japan utility behind nuclear crisis faces angry shareholders at annual meeting, Yahoo 7 Finance By Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Associated Press  TOKYO (AP)  26 June 13, — Shareholders angry at the utility company behind Japan’s nuclear catastrophe peppered executives with questions Wednesday about leaking radioactive water and demanded a phase-out of atomic power. Continue reading

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International Energy Agency predicts bright future for solar and wind energy

text-Please-NoteQuiz: What You Don’t Know About Solar Power

Global Renewable Energy on Track to Soon Eclipse Natural Gas, Nuclear A new report predicts that renewable power energy generation will exceed that of gas and nuclear by 2016. Ker Than National Geographic June 26, 2013


renewable-energy-world-SmThe future appears to be bright for renewable energy sources like solar, wind, and water.In fact, power generation from such renewables will exceed that of gas and nuclear by 2016, according to a report published Wednesday by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

“As their costs continue to fall, renewable power sources are increasingly standing on their own merits versus new fossil-fuel generation,” IEA executive director Maria van der Hoeven said in a statement. Continue reading

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Indian Point Nuclear plant at risk, as UN downplays Fukushima effects

Critics have dubbed Indian Point, which sits on two fault lines, as “Fukushima on the Hudson”, in reference to the nuclear disaster in Japan that was sparked by an earthquake and a tsunami.

However, there are a few differences between Fukushima and Indian Point. “Fukushima was directly over the ocean, and the winds were favourable. They were blowing most of the radiation out to sea,” said Manna Jo Greene, environmental director for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, noting that the remaining radiation was still disastrous.

But the winds in New York would blow plumes of radiation from north to south and from east to west. “There are 20 million people living within [100 kilometres], and there are 9 million people between Indian Point and the nearest ocean,” Greene told IPS.

“If there was a problem at Indian Point,” she added, “there’s a very good chance that the radiation could move in a southeasterly direction and expose millions of people to radiation before it blew out to sea.”

U.N. Downplays Health Effects of Nuclear Radiation, IPS, By George Gao, 26 June 13  UNITED NATIONS, – The United Nations has come under criticism from medical experts and members of civil society for what these critics consider inaccurate statements about the effects of lingering radioactivity on local populations. Scientists and doctors met with top U.N. officials last week to discuss the effects of radioactivity in Japan and Ukraine, and the U.N. has enlisted several of its agencies, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the U.N. Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), to address the matter.

In May, UNSCEAR stated that radiation exposure following the 2011 Fukushima-Daichii nuclear disaster in Japan poses “no immediate health risks” and that long-term health risks are “unlikely”.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” said Helen Caldicott, an Australian doctor and dissident, in response to the UNSCEAR report.


“There have been health effects. A lot of people have experienced acute radiation illness, including bleeding noses, hair loss, nausea and diarrhoea,” she told IPS……. Asked why UNSCEAR and WHO released such statements if they were medically inaccurate, Caldicott referred to a 1959 WHO-IAEA agreement that gives the IAEA – an organisation that promotes nuclear power – oversight when researching nuclear accidents.

“The WHO is a handmaiden to the IAEA,” said Caldicott, Continue reading

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AUDIO: Obama gets around “flat earth” climate change deniers

Hear-This-wayAudio: Obama sidesteps ‘flat earth’ science deniers with new climate change plan,  ABC Radio AM Ben Knight reported this story on  , June 26, 2013  TONY EASTLEY: The US president Barack Obama has cited rising water levels in New York Harbour, the increasing prevalence of forest fires and heatwaves in Alaska as he’s laid out a broad new plan to fight climate change.

Because of difficulties getting his legislation through Congress, president Obama plans to use executive powers to get around what he described as “flat earth” science deniers. 
He wants new restrictions on existing and new power plants to curb carbon emissions and he’s pledged to push new generation clean energy sources. 
North America correspondent Ben Knight is in Washington……

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Lobbying and “front groups” paid of for Entergy nuclear company

reactor-Indian-PointDespite the dangers of running an aging nuclear plant on two fault-lines beside America’s largest population center, the NRC has shown little will towards fulfilling it’s public safety mandate. Even if the agency is unable to legally relicense the two Indian Point reactors, Diane Screnci says that under timely renewal there is no time limit on how long the reactors can continue to operate. New Yorkers could be forced to live beside a radioactive Pandora’s Box indefinitely or at least until its nuclear lid is lifted.

money-lobbyingGERIATRIC NUCLEAR REACTORS COULD KILL US ALL, VICE NEWS,  By Peter Rugh 26 June 13 “……….While the company [Entergy] has skimped on infrastructure upgrades at it’s aging plant, a report from the campaign finance watchdog Common Cause NY last month found that Entergy has spent approximately $40 million on lobbying and campaign contributions on a state and federal level since 2005 as its reactor licenses at Indian Point neared expiration. The report notes that Entegy has retained the public relations firm Burson Marstella, “self-described experts in ‘reputation and crisis management strategies,’ who have worked for such highly controversial clients as Union Carbide, Philip Morris, Blackwater, Foxconn, and Babcock & Wilcox (the firm that designed the Three Mile Island nuclear plant).”

Entergy has also set up two front groups to advocate on its behalf, according to Common Cause. SHARE (Safe Healthy Affordable Reliable Energy) targets communities of color in New York City by advocating for nuclear power as a way to reduce pollution and lower asthma rates while NY AREA (Affordable Reliable Energy Alliance) targets unions and environmental groups. Steets insisted that while Entergy executives serve on the boards of these organizations, they are independent of the corporation. Yet doppelgangers of these same groups exist elsewhere where Entergy operates reactors. Take Massachusetts, where company runs the Pilgrim nuclear plant near Plymouth. There’s a group called MASS AREA, whose publicity material nearly matches those of its New York counterpart. Continue reading

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Video: radiation problem in shipment from Hanford

see-this.wayVideo: Radiation detected on Hanford waste shipment to contractor by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News June 25, 2013  RICHLAND, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Health is investigating the discovery of radioactivity outside the protective packaging of a recent shipment from Hanford. The shipment traveled a short distance from the Hanford site, down public roads, to a private contractor called Permafix.

Workers at the Permafix facility, which disassembles and repackages Hanford materials, reported the radioactive readings to the federal Department of Energy and state Departments of Health and Ecology.  

The Health Department dispatched radiation physicists who confirmed the readings. A Health Department spokesman told KING 5 the radiation was discovered in a place it shouldn’t be and something went wrong.

Department of Energy (DOE) officials said they are not responsible for problems found at the contractor’s facility and are not responding to the incident. State Ecology officials say the case falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health.

Permafix said the public and workers were never exposed and there was no environmental damage. All the agencies said Permafix made the appropriate notifications.

The watchdog group Hanford Challenge, which uncovered documents about the incident, told KING 5 it was a dangerous situation that put the public and workers at risk. Executive Director Tom Carpenter said DOE cannot allow its contractors to cut corners when transporting plutonium and other dangerous materials just to save money.

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Errors made by Japanese authorities in estimating Fukushima radiation exposure

Exposure data wrong for 16,000 in Fukushima KYODO HTTP://WWW.JAPANTIMES.CO.JP/NEWS/2013/06/26/NATIONAL/RADIATION-EXPOSURE-DATA-INACCURATE-FOR-16000-FUKUSHIMA-RESIDENTS/#.UC0KSDTWO6I JUN 26, 2013 FUKUSHIMA – Fukushima Prefecture and the National Institute of Radiological Sciences have said they erroneously estimated the radiation exposure of 16,118 people in a survey covering the first four months after the outbreak of the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

Among the roughly 420,000 people authorities have so far finished compiling data on, recalculations show 12,469 received higher doses and 3,649 lower doses than previously estimated.

The margins for revisions range from plus 0.4 millisievert to minus 0.2 millisievert. As a result of the revisions, it was learned that some people were exposed to more than 1 millisievert — the annual limit set by the government for ordinary citizens.

People polled were asked to answer in detail where they were between March 12 and July 11, 2011. Based on their whereabouts, the institute estimated their cumulative amount of external exposure by adding up daily radiation levels measured at their locations over the four months.

Used as reference were actual radiation readings at a number of monitoring posts in the prefecture as well as projections of the spread of radioactive substances by the SPEEDI computer simulation system.

But in some cases, the dates in the survey failed to match those in the reference data.

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Renewable energy worldwide to overtake gas by 2016


The report comes on the heels of recent research suggesting the threat of climate change is greater than earlier estimates.

An IEA report released earlier this month warned the world is on track to surpass by more than double the two-degree Celsius warming goal set by the United Nations, unless urgent measures are taken.

The IEA’s recommendations include curtailing coal-fired power stations and phasing out fossil fuel subsidies.

Renewable energy use gaining worldwide:IEA AAP  June 27, 2013  RENEWABLES like solar and wind power represent the fastest-growing source of energy generation and will make up a quarter of the global power mix by 2018, the International Energy Agency IEA says. Continue reading

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